Sutton Arms at Scawby reopened by man who can really call village pub 'my local'
The Sutton Arms in Scawby is set to be brought back to life by a man who lives a stone's throw away from it.
The traditional village pub is set to reopen on Thursday, September 27, with Darren Lince, 41, as the new tenant.
Mr Lince, who lives 100 yards away from the pub, also runs The Advocate Arms, The White Swan and The George in Market Rasen.
He said he was determined not to see his village local, which closed its doors last month, remain empty.
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And he said although some changes would be made, the pub's traditions would be kept alive.
Mr Lince said: "The Sutton Arms has always had a good reputation for food quality.
"Bob's and Hers steak and ale pies are famous in the area and something of a local tradition.
"We're keeping favourites like this, but giving the menu and the pub itself some extra love and attention.
"There will be some changes to the decoration and improvements to the range of ales and wines, in line with what we know customers want."
The day-to-day running of the pub will be overseen by Frankie Baines, the current assistant manager at the Advocate Arms.
The move will also create 18 new full and part-time jobs.
Mr Lince said he was confident the new-look Sutton Arms would remain popular among Scawby residents and those across the region.
He said: "In challenging economic times, plenty of pubs are struggling.
"But we know from experience that if we create a strong point of difference with the quality of our food and environment as well as offering tasty, homemade food at affordable prices, people will come.
"We're also varying our opening times, so we're open for coffee and cake from 10am.
"This will make us a great venue for people wanting to meet for a chat, or to come out, relax and read a paper."
Mr Lince has negotiated a 17-year lease on the property with its owners, the Nelthorpe family, for an undisclosed sum.
It had been run by the Almey family from 1979 until it closed in August, when the business went into insolvency.
Scawby resident John Kitwood, of Gainsborough Lane, said: "I never understood why it closed because it always seemed to have plenty of people in there.
"It is missed because you see cars coming up all the time and then turning away.
"A village needs a centre like that.
"It would be a nice addition to the village if they put some window boxes and a few flowers in."
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